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Procurement of energy efficient equipment to reduce carbon footprint in the Philippines

  • Published on October 6, 2021
Reducing the environmental impacts of the resort operations by choosing energy-efficient solutions, and decreasing the dependency on fossil fuels without compromising on the guests’ comfort and satisfaction has driven the decisions of Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort. However, reducing the energy and resource consumption and their associated costs while meeting the needs of a resort in a tropical climate requires identifying reliable alternative energy sources and robust green technologies.
Background
Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort is situated close to
the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park1
– a
UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in the southwestern part of the Philippine Archipelago, on the midwestern coast of Palawan –360 km southwest of Manila.
The Park not only features a spectacular limestone karst
landscape with an underground river, but it also represents
a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. Protecting
and conserving the natural values of the Park is therefore a
critical concern when operating a resort in the vicinity of the
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The challenge
Reducing the environmental impacts of the resort operations by choosing energy-efficient solutions, and decreasing
the dependency on fossil fuels without compromising on the guests’ comfort and satisfaction has driven the
decisions of Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort. However, reducing the energy and resource consumption and their
associated costs while meeting the needs of a resort in a tropical climate requires identifying reliable alternative
energy sources and robust green technologies.
The strategy
In 2009, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort joined the EU-funded SWITCH-Asia Zero Carbon Resorts project2
(2009-2014), whose objective is to enable tourism SMEs to procure energy services in an efficient, cost effective,
and environmentally sound manner. The project accompanies hotels and resorts in their switch from fossil fuels to
renewable energy sources in order to reduce emissions and secure the availability of energy services in urban, remote,
environmentally sensitive areas.
In this context, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort developed alternatives to incorporate cost-effective, energy-efficient,
and environmentally-friendly technologies in its daily operations (i.e., energy-efficient lighting and air-conditioning,
environmentally friendly insulation materials etc.). The ‘’3R’’ strategy is anchored throughout the process, i.e.:
 R (Reduce): Reduce energy consumption;
 R (Replace): Replace inefficient appliances and equipment;
 R (Redesign): Redesign buildings into more self-sufficient and carbon-neutral structures.
More specifically, the following has been put in place:
1 More information available at: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/652
2 More information available at: https://www.switch-asia.eu/projects/zero-carbon-resorts/
Actions
Reduce
energy consumption
Installation of tubular lighting, louver roof ventilation, water sprinklers on the roof,
light sensors and energy monitoring equipment
Replace
inefficient appliances and
equipment
Replacement of conventional technologies to energy and environmentally sound
equipment such as A/C inverter units, Smart LED televisions, and solar energy
equipment for heating water.
Redesign
Buildings into more selfsufficient and carbon-neutral
structures.
Use of both active and passive cooling techniques through sustainable architecture
and use of renewable energy, including:
- Combination of air-condition units and natural ventilation;
- Use of solar power for LED lighting in guest rooms and beach bar;
- Transition to a gas absorption chiller and heater technology;
- Use of local and sustainable materials for the resort’s main structures. For
example, locally available cogongrass was used for rooftops and recycled
wood for the panels and furniture.
In 2017, follow-up activities of the Zero Carbon Resorts project included capacity-building initiatives delivered by
The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development to resort staff, which aimed at sharing up-to-date information on
available green technologies and products to increase energy efficiency in resort operations and guidance on how to
conduct energy assessments.
Impacts
 Prior to 2009, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort used a 110kVA Diesel Generator set for
16 rooms with restaurants and facilities, which was then downsized to 83kVA despite the
expansion to 27 rooms thanks to the use of gas cooling and heating technology.
 Initially, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort had a single air conditioning system of 2hp
power non-inverter type, demanding on average 1866 W. This system was then replaced
with two more efficient inverter units (which can modulate compressor speed according to
the load): one of 1.5hp with an average power demand of 840 W and another 1hp with 640
W. These two units allowed savings of between 55% and 65% of monthly electric costs.
 The installation of tubular lighting enabled a decrease in temperature in the kitchen, as
fluorescent lights generate less heat during the daytime. It allowed monthly energy cost
savings of 24 USD per tubular light.
 Installing louver roof ventilation on the roofs of guest rooms and staff houses, as well as
water sprinklers on the roof of the pavilion tent which helped reduce radiant heat generated
an annual energy savings of 4,200 USD.
 100% solar-powered LED lighting in the guest rooms and beach bar allowed annual
savings of 400 USD per lamp.
 The transition to a gas absorption chiller and heater technology enabled between 46% and
60% savings in operating costs as opposed to a traditional electric air-conditioning system.
Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort was recognized as one of the recipients of the 2012-2014 ASEAN Green Hotel
Award3
and also received in 2018 the ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award4
.
3 More information available at: https://nezeh.com/asean-green-hotels/
4 More information available at: http://aseantourism.travel/content/asta
Supported by:
based on a decision of the German Bundestag
For further information
http://daluyonbeachandmountainresort.com/press
Contact person: Ms. Deborah Q. Tan,
Director, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort and President,
Palawan Tourism Council
debbieqtan@yahoo.com
Lessons learned
Strong engagement of the resort owner was critical to support the sustainable development
of the resort and consider green alternatives as a long-term investment rather than a cost;
Having skilled maintenance engineers on site is certainly a success factor; offering
them regular capacity building opportunities in order to keep abreast of the latest green
technologies proved to be critical.
“We keep on upgrading and re-inventing in a greener way, as there are new green technologies
we can choose from. Being a responsible businessman and simultaneously caring for the
environment is good business sense.”
– Ruben F. Tan, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort

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